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Project Citation: 

Porcher, Simon. Governments’ Responses to COVID-19 . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-04-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/E119061V1

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Responding to an outbreak of a novel COVID-19, governments all around the world implemented public health and economic measures to contain the spread of the virus and to support the economy. Public health measures include travel restrictions, bans on mass gatherings, school closing and domestic lockdown among others. Economic measures include wage support, cash transfers, interest rates cuts, tax cuts and delays, and support to exporters or importers. This paper presents a unique dataset of governments’ responses to the COVID-19. The dataset codes the policy interventions with their dates at the country-level for more than 200 countries in the first quarter of 2020 (January 1st – April 14th, 2020). The generation of detailed datasets on the measures taken by governments is important and can help to generate robust evidence to support public health and economic decision making.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms COVID-19; Public Health; Public policy
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage World
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 1/1/2020 – 4/14/2020
Collection Date(s):  View help for Collection Date(s) 3/13/2020 – 4/15/2020
Universe:  View help for Universe Public health measures include travel restrictions, bans on mass gatherings, school closing and domestic lockdown among others. Economic measures include wage support, cash transfers, interest rates cuts, tax cuts and delays, and support to exporters or importers. 
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) event/transaction data
Collection Notes:  View help for Collection Notes Cite data as Porcher, Simon "A novel dataset on governments’ responses to COVID-19 all around the world", chaire EPPP discussions paper 2020-02. 

Methodology

Response Rate:  View help for Response Rate The final dataset is made of 10,365 country-day observations. 217 countries are covered for at least one day and 184 countries are covered for at least 5 days.
Sampling:  View help for Sampling All countries with available information.
Data Source:  View help for Data Source The database is based on cross-country information reported by the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS; https://www.acaps.org/who-we-are/in-short), the International Monetary Fund (IMF; https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA; https://www.idea.int/publications/catalogue/elections-and-covid-19), the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO; https://en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse) and the International Growth Centre (https://www.theigc.org/covid-19/). 
Collection Mode(s):  View help for Collection Mode(s) other
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Country-day
Geographic Unit:  View help for Geographic Unit Country-level

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